Key moment arrives in the quest for fair school funding and equitable property taxes

Although largely unheeded in the shadow of COVID-19 and the 2020 election, two simultaneous efforts to resolve New Hampshire’s longstanding school funding and property tax inequities have moved forward during the spring and summer. Both will reach crucial turning points in the coming weeks.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, the constitutionality of the current school funding system will be debated before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. And, after months of research and discussion, the Commission to Study School Funding created by the Legislature last year is in the midst of preparing its recommendations for long-term reform of the current funding formula and the property taxes used to pay for it.

In March 2019, the Contoocook Valley School District (ConVal) and three other nearby districts filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school funding formula, which provides a base annual grant of $3,709 per student, even though the actual costs school

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Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls talk about best way to encourage equitable education

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls talk about best way to encourage equitable education


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NOTE INTO A POSITIVE CHANGE. AND CONTINUING OUR COMMITMENT 2020 COVERAGE THIS MORNING, WE ASKED THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR THEIR THOUGHTS ON EDUCATION EQUALITY. >> WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU GROW UP, WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE, WHAT FAMILY YOU COME FROM, THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU LIVE. REGARDLESS OF YOUR ZIP COD AND PART OF THAT IS DOING AND BUILDING OFF OF THE BUDGET WE PASSED. WE SECURED $140 MILLION IN NEW PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION FUNDIN , STATE FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS IN THE LAST BUDGET. THE BIGGEST INCREASE IN 20 YEARS. THE BIGGEST SCHOOL BUDGET STATE SUPPORT IN HISTORY. FINALLY DOING FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN. SOMETHING I RAN ON IN 2014 FOR THE FIRST TIME WE

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Why special education funding will be more equitable under new state law

California’s method of funding special education will become streamlined and a little more equitable, thanks to a provision in the recently passed state budget.



a group of people riding on the back of a boy: California’s method of funding special education will become streamlined and a little more equitable, thanks to a provision in the recently passed state budget. (Alison Yin/EdSource)


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California’s method of funding special education will become streamlined and a little more equitable, thanks to a provision in the recently passed state budget. (Alison Yin/EdSource)

The 2020-21 budget fixes a decades-old quirk in the funding formula that had left vast differences between school districts in how much money schools received to educate special education students.

The old formula, created in the late 1970s and last updated in the early 2000s, based funding on how many students a district had overall, not just its number of students in special education. The result was that some districts received up to $800 extra per student per year to educate students in special education, while others received as little as $500.

The new

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Virgin Hyperloop and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Launch Partnership to Bring Equitable STEM Education to the Next Generation

The partnership is focused on taking action to help ensure STEM education is accessible to all

Virgin Hyperloop's XP-1 vehicle at COSI in Columbus, Ohio as part of VH's national roadshow in 2019.
Virgin Hyperloop’s XP-1 vehicle at COSI in Columbus, Ohio as part of VH’s national roadshow in 2019.
Virgin Hyperloop’s XP-1 vehicle at COSI in Columbus, Ohio as part of VH’s national roadshow in 2019.

COLUMBUS, OH, Aug. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Virgin Hyperloop, the category leader in hyperloop technology, and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), the top-ranked science center in the country by USA Today, have joined forces for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational programming.  Distance learning is needed now more than ever, and COSI and Virgin Hyperloop are forging a partnership that will leverage some of COSI’s exciting programs such as COSI Connects,  the COSI Science Festival, the Color of Science, and the new COSI Learning Lunchbox to provide critical learning to underserved youth, breaking down barriers in

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